This blog is written by Dell Operating Systems and Hypervisor Engineering team
Introduction to BOSS-S1
BOSS (Boot Optimized Storage Solution) is a new boot device introduced by DellEMC for use on the 14th generation of PowerEdge servers. The BOSS device provides a hardware mirror option so that the user can create a RAID1 and install the operating system on the LUN from redundancy point of view. In addition to RAID1, this controller can operate in passthrough mode (Non RAID).
Supported operating systems for BOSS-S1
Below are the operating system versions supported by Dell for BOSS as a boot device.
* After installation of Windows Server, Device Manager shows a yellow bang on a Marvell console device. This device is used for management purposes (vendor CLI, DUP and Dell OM) but not for data path, so there is no loss of functionality. To resolve this yellow bang issue, download and install the driver from the Dell support page.
Things to know before you use BOSS-S1
Monitor and Management of BOSS-S1
Dell provides management utilities for Linux and Windows to monitor and manage BOSS-S1 device. You may download and use the MVSETUP BOSS-S1 Utility for Windows. For linux, MVCLI BOSS-S1 Utility for Linux is available here. Refer to user guide which describe briefly about the command line options available to monitor and manage BOSS-S1 device.
NOTE : For VMware ESXi, there is no management support available for ESXi 6.5 and 6.0 U3. The management support will be included in future releases of VMware ESXi. This blog would be updated according to that.
PowerEdge Boot Optimized Storage Solution (BOSS)
Dell EMC BOSS-S1 (Boot Optimized Server Storage) User's Guide